February’s Monthly Theme is Still Life

Inspired by this George Franks’ talk a few weeks ago on Still Life photography I’ve decided to give you the chance to show what you can do. George showed us how to cheaply build up a set using simple lighting and home made accessories. You don’t have to spend a lot of money and have expensive equipment to get some great still life photos. You just need some creative ideas and basic knowledge of lighting, exposure, composition and controlling depth of field.

George showed us how to photograph a bottle of wine with table lamp and a couple of flashguns. He used light modifiers made out of Pringle tubes turning them into a snoot, softbox and a grid to control the light. He didn’t use an exposure meter. He adjusted his exposure by judging his histogram and camera’s screen. He set his camera and budget flashguns to manual and kept changing the settings and positions until he was happy. Digital photography makes this possible and a lot easier than it once was.

Of course you don’t have to use artificial lights at all. Diffused window light can give a wonderful soft even light but is less controllable. You’ll probably need a reflector to bounce some light back into the shadows.

The weather hasn’t been too good so it’s a good time to enjoy your hobby indoors. Now it’s your turn to experiment with creative lighting and share your photos with fellow members for us all to learn from.

 

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